Want to help our special native animals? Check out these simple tips that you can do today.
How to feed birds
- Buy bird stations from Bunnings, Mitre10 and garden centres. Place them in trees around your garden.
- Fill the bird stations every day with native bird seed. It’s cheaply available from Woolworths, Coles and other stores.
How to feed wildlife
- If a specific animal comes into your garden, do an internet search to find out the food that it eats.
- Many animals can eat sweet potato, carrots, leafy vegetables and other locally appropriate food. If you leave food on the fringes of fire zones, keep it away from roads.
- Find a local group that’s organising food drop-offs for wildlife. Contact your council or look on Facebook for local groups in your area.
- Look for trees marked with an orange dot. This could mean it’s a food and water station for wildlife. Make sure these are replenished regularly.
How to give water to wildlife
- For birds, place water on a pedestal, in a bird bath or up in trees.
- For water at ground level, use low buckets or shallow food trays in shady areas. Place a rock or wood in them so tiny animals can get in and out.
- Use a poultry drinker – many terrestrial animals prefer these to open dishes.
- Keep water clean, refilled, and in the shade – avoid metal bowls that get hot in the sun.
- In burnt out areas or bushland, build a wildlife water station using basic plumbing supplies.
Look out for wildlife
- In NSW if you come across injured wildlife, contact WIRES (1300 094 737). You can also download the IFAW Wildlife Rescue App. Local vets may also help.
- To donate time or money to an animal rescue organisation near you, type your postcode into the home page of DoSomethingNearYou and select ‘Animal Welfare’.
- When driving in burnt-out areas, watch out for wildlife. Animals are being run over foraging for food.
- If you have domestic cats and dogs, keep them indoors and away from animals fleeing bushfires, especially at night.
- Use climbable fencing or attach poles on either side of your fences to help animals travelling through your yard.
- Install a thick rope in your swimming pool to prevent drowning in case native animals fall in.
- Join your local bushcare or landcare group. Planting trees and shrubs will help to create new habitat for wildlife after the fires.
Co-founder and Managing Director of DoSomethingNearYou
10 January, 2020